(Photo by David Jenkins, Staff)
SIKESTON -- For Sikeston's leading rusher and receiver, playing football for the Bulldogs is just for fun.
They take punishing hits and absorb the bumps and bruises all for a chance to play with their friends one last time.
"This right here is mostly for fun," senior tailback Darryl Howard said.
"We have a lot of friends on the football team and it was mainly 'you guys should come out' kind of thing," senior receiver Janeil Hatchett said. "The other guys, especially the seniors, wanted us to."
Both Howard and Hatchett have been an integral piece of what has become Sikeston's second straight 13-0 season. They both wanted to come out for football their senior year for friends, an opportunity and for history.
"I didn't want to have any regrets," said Howard. "Last year I had regrets for not playing."
"Trey (Lewis) really talked me into playing this year," Hatchett said. "We wanted to go out our senior year with a bang. We wanted to leave a legacy at Sikeston."
Howard could possibly break 2,000 rushing yards, while Hatchett was already broken the single-season receiving record.
Howard has rushed for 1,620 yards (third in school history) on 174 attempts for 17 touchdowns. Hatchett has 32 catches for 849 yards and nine touchdowns. He broke Sikeston's receiving record against Potosi in their Class 4 regional game.